Jamie’s pedal power raises lifeboat cash

The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

A 12-YEAR- OLD boy has raised more than £ 800 for Portree RNLI by cy­cling 22 miles on Skye.

Jamie Budge com­pleted the Dun­ve­gan to Portree chal­lenge in two hours and six min­utes over the Easter week­end.

Jamie’s father Don­ald is a lifeboat crew mem­ber and his mother Les­ley, who cy­cled with her son, helps raise funds for the char­ity. Jamie has raised £ 843.50 to date. An RNLI Portree spokesper­son told the

Lochaber Times: ‘In 2016, the RNLI res­cued, on av­er­age, 23 people per day, saved 558 lives, trained and equipped 6,100 lifesavers, with lifeboats be­ing launched 8,851 times.

‘To do all this cost the RNLI £ 385,000 a day to run its 238 sta­tions around the UK.

‘This comes solely from lega­cies, vol­un­teers shak­ing tins and people like Jamie.’

The RNLI team added: ‘ Thanks go to every­one who sup­ported the chal­lenge. A special thank you to Is­land Cy­cles for lend­ing Les­ley one of its amaz­ing hy­brid bikes.’

Jamie and his mum Les­ley on their bikes.

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